New growth in anti-LGBT violence in 2019 in France

by Reuters
Monday, 18 May 2020 08:33 GMT

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community protest against discrimination and violence, at the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, October 21, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Homophobic and transphobic crimes rose 36% in 2019, according to France's interior minister

PARIS (Reuters) - A total of 1,870 victims of homophobic or transphobic crimes were identified by the police last year in France, 36% more than in 2018, the interior minister announced on Saturday.

These figures "are part of a larger context of increasing hate acts and identity extremism," he said in a statement.

"This increase in anti-LGBT acts calls for an even greater mobilization of all public actors and civil society to fight prejudice, discrimination and anti-LGBT hate acts", he added.

The victims of these offenses were mainly men (75% in 2019) and young people (62% are under 35). More than a third (36%) of these offenses took place in cities of more than 200,000 inhabitants, outside the urban unit of Paris.

Insults and contempt represented 33% of the offenses suffered, while violence (physical and sexual) to the person represented a share of 28% in 2019, the ministry said.

(Jean-Stéphane Brosse, edited by Gwénaëlle Barzic)